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CalArts Weekend

Save the Date: Oct. 17-18, 2014

Become a CalArtian for the weekend!

Join us for an exciting and immersive CalArts experience. Over the course of two days, be among the hundreds of family members who deepen their appreciation of this unique artistic and educational community. Take part in specially designed workshops and classes, view cutting-edge art exhibitions and performances, and meet and mingle with Institute leadership and faculty.


Ticket price includes:

  • Sit down lunch with deans and faculty on Friday
  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception Friday evening
  • Weekend programming including: student led tours of campus, all workshops, panels and entertainment
  • A festive night of music on Saturday at the Wild Beast
  • CalArts Weekend gift bag
  • CalArts Weekend Lounge featuring light refreshments and opportunities to further engage with faculty and staff.
  • and much more...

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Weekend Celebration and Dance Party

At the Wild Beast Music Pavilion and S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard:

  • Dinner for sale from some of LA's favorite food trucks
  • Free outdoor concert


Friday, October 17

  • 11 am - Registration and sign-up for Friday classes
  • 11 am -8 pm - CalArts Weekend Lounge will be open throughout the weekend and will offer snacks and refreshments as well as opportunities to further engage with faculty and staff.
  • 12 pm - Welcome Luncheon with Deans and faculty
  • 1- 4 pm - An all-new schedule of classes open to visitors
  • 2- 3:30 pm - Student Affairs Ice Cream Social
    Hosted by Travis Greene, Dean of Student Affairs - come for an informal walkthrough of CalArts’ new career center and meet with key advising staff including Director of Career Services Rita Soultanian and Writing Center Andrea Fontenot.
  • 4-5 pm - Critical Studies: Critical Karaoke
    How do songs, paintings, films, dance and other artworks contribute to our understanding of the world? How do they fit into the fascinating jigsaw puzzle that is contemporary society? Through a performance of Critical Karaoke, Critical Studies faculty and grad students take turns at the mic to talk about an image, song, film, etc., that highlights their approach to teaching at CalArts. This seriously playful format serves as an introduction to the faculty, the various disciplines and critical practices they represent, and the way these converge in the wildly interdisciplinary experience Critical Studies offers for students across the visual and performing arts.
  • 5 pm - Parents Circle wine and hors d'oeuvres reception
  • 8 pm - Student Choice Dance Concert or Character Animation Producers Showcase

Saturday, October 18

  • 9 am - Registration and sign-up for Saturday activities.
    Light breakfast served in the Lounge
  • 9 am -4 pm - CalArts Weekend Lounge
  • 9:30 am- 12:30 pm - Special workshops and presentations highlighting faculty, alumni and students—representing all six schools
  • Session I (9:30-10:50 am)

    Tai Chi & Qigong Demonstration and Class

    Experience the pace and flow of T'ai Chi practice with Sherry Tschernisch (School of Theater). T'ai Chi means "supreme ultimate," two words that suggest great respect. "Chi" or "Qi" is usually translated as “life force" while Qigong means "chi work." It is practiced for healing, unifying, centering, enlivening and meditating. It speaks to students of any background and/or physical ability or limitation.

    Unsung and Retuned: Using Song Lyrics in Poetry - with Douglas Kearney

    Poetry and song have a long-standing relationship. Nowadays, some might even call them siblings. And like most siblings, shouldn’t poetry and song steal from each other? The workshop will explore ways of mixing song lyrics and poetry. Join us if you wish to artfully mis-quote an old alt-rock anthem, build a "bop" from an 80's pop song, or use poetry to kill last season’s earworm. All you need to do is bring (on paper, device, or in your mind) lyrics to any song you love; any song you’re sick of; and any song that reminds you of a struggle in your life. The workshop will be a space for discussion, reading, writing, performing and listening.

  • Session II (11:10-12:30 pm)

    The Voice and Films of Bollywood’s Golden Era

    CalArts alumna Robin Sukhadia and his father, Rajen Sukhadia, present film music videos featuring Kishore, RD Burman, Rafi, Mukesh and more accompanied by live song performances, analysis, and historical/political insight. All the mega stars will be given due attention. Anticipate gregarious song and dance, whimsical musical arrangements, gaudy colors, and extremely melodramatic love scenes…all of this, of course, without any kissing on screen.

    Partnering Workshop

    Using the dance piece "Sinfonietta" by Jiri Kylian, faculty member Glen Eddy explains and instructs the fundamentals of partnering. Participation is invited through exercies and games.

  • 12:30 - 2 pm - Lunch available for purchase in the Café @ CalArts
  • 2 -3:30 pm - Panel Talk: The Counter-Intuitive Value of a Creative Education
    Provost Jeannene Przybylski hosts this discussion with invited alumni, including:
    • Dimitri Diakopoulos (Music)
    • Golden Krishna (School of Art)
    • Daron Navsky (Film/Video)
    • Tina Tangalakis (Theater)
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm - An Evening of Food, Music and Friends at CalArts
  • 5:30 pm - Food truck dinner on sale from LA’s favorites, In-N-Out and Kogi BBQ
    *pre-order meal tickets online at calarts.edu/calarts-weekend
  • 6 pm - Outdoor concert at the Wild Beast Music Pavilion:
    A tribute concert to the late, great John Bergamo, who directed the Percussion Program at CalArts for 35 years. Featuring former members of the Repercussion Unit and Hands On’Semble with faculty members Swapan Chaudhuri and Houman Pourmehdi and the CalArts Percussion Ensemble.
  • 8 pm - Student Choice Dance Concert

CalArts Around Town

If you want to explore more about CalArts, check out these related events coinciding with CalArts Weekend:


Embassy Suites Valencia

CalArts Parents Weekend Cutoff Date: 10/1/14

  • Two Room King Bed Suite $105
  • Two Room Double Bed Suite $125
  • (Rates are subject to current Occupancy tax and California tourism fee)

To make reservations, call 661.257.3111 or visit www.valencia.embassysuites.com. Type "CAP" into the Group Code box.

Hyatt Regency Valencia

CalArts Parents Weekend Cutoff Date: 10/8/14

  • Standard Guest Room Singles/Doubles $109
  • (Rates are subject to applicable sales tax and service charges, currently $12% and $0.12 California State Tourism Tax)

Call the reservations line at 800.233.1234 or 661.799.1234; mention the group name "CalArts Weekend" or reserve online.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 19, 2014
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